A big boost from the video guys and bigger shots by Evgeny Kuznetsov got the Capitals back on the winning track. Kuznetsov scored two goals, Braden Holtby made 33 saves and Washington beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Wednesday night. Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie also scored for the NHL-leading Capitals, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
When the Montreal Canadiens take to the ice Thursday night, they'll try to realize a feat they haven't been able to pull off in nearly two months: Win consecutive games. After picking up their first victory under new coach Claude Julien on Tuesday, the Canadiens look for back-to-back wins for the first time since a four-game win streak in the first week of January when they host the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre. "It's a great feeling, but I think overall it's a great feeling for the whole team," Julien said after his team's 3-2 shootout win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
The New York Rangers will continue their attempt to get their power play working when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday. "There's no doubt that we've got some adjustments to make," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. It has not stopped the Rangers (38-19-2).